Feeling kinda snacky (sunday)…

I always have weird eating habits on Sunday… But not today! I’m sticking with my March Goals so far, so good!

  • I went to the gym 7 times during the week…my goal was 5!
  • To not overindulge on weekends and stick to my weekly routine – CHECK!
  • Get more than 5 hours of sleep a night – Averaging 8!
  • Set a weekly budget and stick to my list – A+.

This weekend I was able to squeeze a zumba, body pump and killer spin class in – i just love me some weekend workouts! During the week I always go after work but morning workouts always make me feel more accomplished and energized.

I made a “menu” for myself for the week that included 3 meals, a snack & dessert (can’t go without it!) each day – I jotted down my grocery list, headed to Trader Joe’s and actually stuck to it without buying one extra item! I’m so proud of myself… The best part about it? I got all of these organic goodies:

for $34… I can’t remember the last time I only spent $34 at the grocery store! I have a lot of yummy recipes for the week planned so I’m ready for Monday to start. Whoa, did I just say that? This will probably be the first and last time you hear me say those words in a sentence together.

I have some news for you…

The good news is – I’m loving the honey scented blueberry muffins i made on Friday…

The bad news is I’m eating them like I’m never going to see them again…

The good news is they are only 100 calories πŸ™‚ But, the bad news is I’ve been dousing them in my new favorite Peanut Butter.

I just keep telling myself it’s OK it’s a protein… AND its national peanut butter month so it’s only right that I support it πŸ˜‰

The good news is I made some seriously good hummus for the week to snack on.

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus! This was my first homemade hummus and it turned out ah.maze.ing. Sorry whole foods, you won’t be collecting 6.00 a container from me anymore πŸ™‚ The bad news is, I forgot this was a weekday snack and almost finished it off by myself TODAY. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was feeling snacky!

The good news is, while I was gawking I found a recipe that caught my eye so I also made some Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars for a healthy easy treat while were on vacation.

The bad news is I just couldn’t help but drizzle chocolate all over them.

You’re right, that’s not bad news… But it would’ve been awesome news if I would’ve opened the dark chocolate bar instead of the milk! Don’t feel sorry for me… They were still delicious – they had peanut butter AND chocolate, how could they not be?

The bad news is I was still feeling snacky – so I turned it into good news and whipped up some s’mores cookies “to take to work” tomorrow. Or, at least that’s what I told myself.

I won’t tell you how many or if i even have any of these left…

But the good news is… I’m going to share all 3 recipes with you, right here, right now.

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to make it a little more like the dip.

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth.

OOO…AHHH…. Β Choose your dipping weapon of choice. I chose gluten-free unsalted pretzels. I enjoy them more than the Whole Wheat ones but they can get pricey – Maybe next I’ll make my own pretzels?!

Next up on Snacky Sunday:

Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup pretzels (I chose gluten-free)
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • dried fruit, chocolate chips, chocolate, coconut etc (optional)

Directions

 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper
  • Mash bananas
  • Add peanut butter to bananas and heat in microwave until combined
  • Add oats and peanuts, mix well.
  • Fold in pretzels
  • Spread mixture in lined pan and bake for 20 minutes or until top is browned
  • Let cool and cut into 12 squares
  • Drizzle with chocolate if you love it as much as me

These remind me of a cookie mixed with a granola bar. They are also pretty big in size so its perfect for breakfast on the go!

Last but not least…

 

S’mores Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cupΒ butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2 chocolate bars, chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine the butter and sugars until fluffy.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Add the flour, graham crackers, salt, and baking soda, and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

IMPORTANT STEP: Eat a spoonful of cookie dough

  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets
  • Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven.
  • Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of the chocolate bar into each cookies.
  • Return to the oven and bake an additional 3-4 minutes until fully cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

The marshmallow, graham crackers and chocolate combo is really trying hard to steal the number one spot in my heart(clearly chocolate + peanut butter is #1)… I’ve got to admit, these cookies MIGHT have me switch over. If you make these, make sure you get the colored marshmallows…They’re more fun πŸ™‚

Hi ho, Hi ho…Back to work I go. Happy Monday πŸ™‚

QUESTIONS: What good news do you have to share? What is your favorite combination of food?


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35 Responses to “Feeling kinda snacky (sunday)…”

  1. fanatastic post! YAY for doing so well on your goals this month!!!

  2. way to go on the gym and classes!! that hummus looks delicious!

  3. You deserve those extra treats for hitting the gym & all those classes! My good news is spring break this week. Bad news = 2 feet of new snow means no running outside.

  4. Oh my god..are you in my head? I just made these exact cookies..well slightly different, but they were smores inspired. I like the way you think lady!

  5. My goo news is I OFFICIALLY come back to the states next week! πŸ™‚ To me, that is great news! Those smores cookies look so yummmmm.

  6. I am super excited to try your hummus recipe! It looks incredible! Excellent job sticking to your goals!

  7. OMG- those S’more cookies look AWESOME! They look like something very Easter-ish with all of the pastels- love it!! πŸ™‚ Congrats on your goals- GO YOU!

  8. Oh my goodness to those cookies. They seriously look amazing! I need to make a recipe for my family and that might be it. That way I can get out of making dinner…haha.

    Awesome job on accomplishing your goals! HOLLAA!

  9. Congrats on staying with your goals!!! I didn’t work out once this weekend… FAIL

  10. YAY for your goal accomplishments!! AWESOME!! And you totally have me drooling over all that yummy food!! πŸ˜€

  11. That’s great that you’re staying on top of your goals!!! Love this good/bad post!!

  12. I love the color of the smores! πŸ™‚ glad to see your march goals are going well! πŸ™‚ keep it up!

  13. Gotta take the good with the bad right? Lets see the good news is I made some healthy muffins that my husband will eat! The bad news is that he eats 4 at a time! πŸ™‚

  14. AHHH! That hummus recipe sounds AMAZING! I love love LOVE hummus (obviously!) and I love spinach and artichokes…so giving this a try!

    I always eat crazy on the weekends too…like I just snack allll day long; so much good food! Congrats going to the gym 7 freakin’ times though! That’s seriously impressive girl!

  15. So many treats!! Good job with keeping up with your March goals! πŸ™‚ The muffins look amazingggg

  16. look at you rockin out your goals!
    I just got that peanut butter but haven’t tried it yet-I may just have to dig my spoon in it now!

  17. So much delicious food! Awesome job with all your goals! That’s great!! The hummus looks so yummy!! Great flavor combo right there. My favorite combo is probably pb and chocolate or good old pb and jelly! πŸ™‚

  18. yum all of your food looks amazing esp those muffins def making them and I dont blame you for smearing pb all over them everything is better w peanut butter!

  19. good news is that i enjoyed white chocolate wonderful today too! fave combo everrrrr………pretzels/pita chips and hummus πŸ™‚

  20. Congrats on sticking to all your goals! Isnt TJs the greatest πŸ™‚ And those smores cookies look great!!

  21. Wow, I don’t know what my favorite combination of food is… maybe tomato and basil…. or maybe chocolate and mint or chocolate and peanut butter (I could go on with the chocolate but chocolate goes well with too many things!).

  22. Amazing job with your gym goal!! I’ve been stepping it up a notch for spring break too πŸ˜‰

    I’ve never tried White Chocolate Wonderful! I need to get my hands on some!

  23. You did an awesome job with your goals!! All your food is making me drool–yum!! πŸ™‚

  24. Love your March goals!!
    All your food looks AMAZING!!! I really want to try that spinach and artichoke hummus! πŸ˜€
    Favorite food combo? Either peanut butter and chocolate or pesto and sun-dried tomatoes!

  25. Wow, nice work sticking to your goals! I’m so glad I found your blog! Consider me a subscriber πŸ™‚ I totally want to try those muffins…

  26. Way to go on your goals!! πŸ™‚

    So many yummy sweets in this post.

    Favorite combo today = PB and Banana! πŸ˜€

  27. Those muffins look absolutely scrumptious and I would’ve eaten those so fast lol. I also love the s’more cookie recipe your provided, I may have to try making that. And I thought I was the only one to say I am feeling “Snacky” lol.

  28. Um ALL of this looks sooo good! Yeah I have a muffin problem… when I make muffins I tend to eat like half hte batch within a day. Oops? πŸ˜‰

    I love to snack a ton… oops.

  29. Haha, I loved the whole good-news-bad-news thing. I can’t wait to try that spinach artichoke hummus!! Holy yummm.

  30. My good news…I got you something fun for Key West!

  31. smores cookies look absolutely scrumptious! smores totally remind me of summertime! πŸ™‚

  32. The theme of your blog is really very beautiful,do you design it yourself?

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